Code of the District of Columbia

§ 8–651.01. Findings.

(a) The urban forest of the District of Columbia, growing on both public and private land, is one of the District’s great natural resources.

(b) A healthy, vibrant urban forest provides numerous environmental benefits, including:

(1) Heat island effect mitigation and reduced energy use;

(2) Better air quality and reduced water pollution; and

(3) Quieter and more beautiful neighborhoods.

(c) The trees comprising the urban forest have significant aesthetic value, which enhances property values and the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the District.